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Next Gen ATP Finals Allianz Cloud, Milan | 9-13 Nov. 2021
Alcaraz Reaches First Final In Trieste
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Carlos Alcaraz moves into his first ATP Challenger Tour final on the clay of Trieste, Italy. © Fabio Millo

It all comes down to this. Carlos Alcaraz will compete for his maiden ATP Challenger Tour title on Sunday, in Trieste, Italy.

The 17-year-old Spaniard is continuing to make a name for himself on the clay of Trieste, streaking to the championship match from qualifying. A high-octane 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 win over fellow teen Lorenzo Musetti gave him his sixth victory in eight days.

Alcaraz, who crashed onto the scene in February with a breakthrough ATP Tour debut in Rio de Janeiro, is one of the fastest-rising teens in professional tennis. The Juan Carlos Ferrero pupil is projected to rise more than 50 spots this week to crack the Top 300 of the FedEx ATP Rankings.

With a full arsenal of weapons from the baseline, as well as a lethal drop shot and impressive agility, Alcaraz is already taking the Challenger circuit by storm. And he's making history along the way...

Fast Facts

Carlos is the first player born in the year 2003 to reach a Challenger final.

Carlos is the youngest player to reach a Challenger final since Felix Auger-Aliassime in Sevilla in 2017.

Only one other Spaniard has reached a final at a younger age: Rafael Nadal. Nadal advanced to six finals in 2003 at the ages of 16 & 17.

Carlos is one of just five 17-year-olds from Spain to reach a Challenger final, joining Nadal, Nicola Kuhn, Nicolas Almagro and Tommy Robredo. Kuhn was just one day older when he lifted his first trophy in Braunschweig in 2017.

Carlos is the second teenager to reach a Challenger final this year. Tomas Machac, aged 19 from the Czech Republic, won the title in Koblenz, Germany, in February.

Youngest Spanish Finalists On ATP Challenger Tour

Player Age Final Reached
Rafael Nadal 16 years, 7 months
2003 Hamburg (lost)
Rafael Nadal
16 years, 8 months
2003 Cherbourg (lost)
Rafael Nadal
16 years, 9 months
2003 Cagliari (lost)
Rafael Nadal
16 years, 9 months
2003 Barletta (won)
Rafael Nadal
16 years, 10 months
2003 Aix-en-Provence (lost)
Rafael Nadal
17 years, 1 month
2003 Segovia (won)
Carlos Alcaraz
17 years, 3 months, 25 days
2020 Trieste
Nicola Kuhn
17 years, 3 months, 26 days
2017 Braunschweig (won)
Nicolas Almagro
17 years, 10 months
2003 Olbia (won)
Tommy Robredo
17 years, 10 months
2000 Barletta (lost)

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